Join us November 30 for Giving Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

This year for Giving Tuesday, UWOVS is back with another exciting donor challenge! 

When $10,000 in gifts have been made to the Waterloo Eye Institute Fund, an extra $5,000 will be unlocked, thanks to the generosity of our challenge champions Dan Langlois and Tracey Webb. Join us on Tuesday, November 30 to #helppeoplesee.

Meet our Challenge Donors

Dan Langlois (BA '92, MAcc ’92) and Tracey Webb (BMath ’93)

Dan Langlois and Tracy Webb

“We are a Waterloo family at heart. Tracey and I are proud Waterloo grads, and our two children, Emma and Ben, are current full-time students. With Emma being enrolled at the School of Optometry & Vision Science, we are especially excited about the opportunity to be matching donors for the UWOVS challenge. We view Giving Tuesday as a means of giving back to the University and its students in a meaningful way, knowing that our lives have been so positively impacted by our Waterloo education and experience. We hope to inspire others to generously donate to the University on Giving Tuesday by taking advantage of our promised matching gift, effectively doubling the impact of their contributions!”

The Waterloo Eye Institute Fund

At the centre of the Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign, the Waterloo Eye Institute will help us better serve patients across the country by pushing the boundaries of clinical care, optometric education and vision research. This once-in-a-generation initiative will create a comprehensive, one-stop centre for eye and vision care. It will help bridge the gaps between health care providers, and increase patient access to services in growing areas of need such as vision therapy, macular degeneration, dry eye and surgery.

This centre of excellence will give optometrists the tools to deliver a new level of patient care by:

  • promoting inter-professional education and collaborative practice – embracing relationships with ophthalmology, family medicine, pharmacy, and other health professions
  • re-imagining the patient pathway – fully serving our patients’ vision care needs from wellness through surgery to rehabilitation, from ages 1 to 101
  • harnessing expertise in ocular imaging and biomedical sciences research – expanding our understanding of the connections between the eye and brain to discover techniques and treatments that will enhance health care
  • preparing students and the profession for the highest level of optometric practice in North America, to expand access to vision care for patients across Canada